‘A’ Sharron Lea ‘B’ George Gibson
With a forecast of heavy rain, 40 members set out for the Lake District, stopping for coffee at the Tebay Services. Between Ambleside and Elterwater, the journey was very slow due to the narrow road. Upon arrival only 5 members opted for the ‘A’ walk. Although we had travelled in the rain, it was hardly noticeable in Elterwater. After lunch, 24 members set out on the ‘B’ walk while the coach driver and a few non walkers went back to Ambleside as there wasn’t anywhere suitable for the coach to park. It turned out to be a lovely afternoon (while torrential rain at home) as we set off through the village with its glorious display of colourful rhododendrons and azaleas, to reach a stony track through Sawrey’s Wood. We ascended onto open fell to reach Little Langdale then crossed Slater Bridge, looking very quaint and picturesque. We followed good paths and minor roads to Colwith Force, which was giving a splendid display due to the rain the previous day. We carried on to Skelwith Bridge and viewed Skelwith Force waterfalls before following a level path through fields to Elter Water lake to reach Elterwater village. The evening stop was in Barnard Castle.
Flowers: blackthorn, bluebell, white bluebell, celandine, claytonia, cowslip, dogs mercury, garlic mustard, greater stitchwort, green alkanet, ivy leaved toadflax, ladys smock, marsh marigold, primrose, spleenwort, violet, wood anemone and wood sorrel.
Photo c. K. Nevin